Archives for June 2017

This teacher went to prison and you won’t believe why

By Mary Kay Jimenez, Courier Staff Writer

On a quiet Sunday morning of August 14th, 1971, a college student was arrested and taken into prison.  That college student is now a teacher at Logan.

Mr. Richard Yacco, the DVA and EMP teacher, was a prisoner in the infamous psychological experiment known as the Stanford Prison Experiment.  His prisoner number was #1037.  The Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) was set to last for two weeks, and took place in the basement hallway of Jordan Hall at Stanford University.

The SPE was conducted by Philip Zimbardo, a psychology professor.  Young men, mostly college students, were assigned the role to act as either a guard or prisoner.  The basement hallway was made to look like an actual prison.  So no, Mr. Yacco did not actually go to a federal prison… Let’s be happy about that.

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Training for UC Community and Recreation Services

By Stephanie Ramirez, Courier Staff Writer

The Union City Community and Recreational Services are ready to begin their camps this summer. Last weekend on June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th was training for all the employees that are working this summer. Recreational services are known to work with kids in different camps to make summer a lot more fun. For the staff, we learn how to approach situations, emergencies, lead games, how to be energetic, etc. This training was filled with lots of information and fun, we all got to know each other and see who we might be working with.

I will be working at Camp Polliwog which the age group is 3-5 year olds, I personally am excited to work with little kids and making their summer fun. It is my first year working for Recreational Services, to meet new coworkers and plan the kid’s summer is exciting. It’s something new.  I hope the kid’s summer is great and so is mine.

Ana, a sophomore will be working at Camp Hedgehog which includes kids that are 5-7 year olds. She says “ I am excited to work with kids this summer, I want to leave a lasting impression with this camp. I want the kids to enjoy their summer and do all these activities we planned for them. I remember when I was a kid and had fun so for me to be able to be  a part of their summer makes me happy.” Camp is all about the kids and just having a great summer so for us wanting that for the kids is an amazing feeling.

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A mother from India scales Mount Everst

By Andrea Buenrostro, Courier Staff Writer

The new world record for a woman to summit Mt. Everest twice in less than a week goes to a mother of two from India.

Some of the best climbers from around the world come to Everest to test their skills. Unfortunately, many people that go up never come back down. An estimated 200 bodies are still believed to be on Mount Everest. They serve as a reminder to climbers about the risks of Everest. Many of the deceased climbers succumb to the dangerously thin air that can be found at 26,000 feet. At this altitude if one does not have supplemental oxygen with them, they will start dying slowly. The lack of oxygen starts killing the brain and small movements require immense amount of strength.

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A new English class is coming to Logan in the 2017-1018 school year

By Izabella Gonzalez, Courier Staff Writer

James Logan welcomes a new English class for the 2017-2018 school year. English for Future Teachers will be a year long course designed for seniors.

Taking English for Future Teachers would satisfy the english requirement to graduate. It is currently in the process of obtaining the UC/CSU “b” course approval.

Ms.Schwartzfarb will be the teacher. She taught a very similar class several years ago. Since then she has not had any students. Instead she has been working as a literature coach, the ELA department head, and for BTSA here at Logan- a program that provides resources and assistance for teachers starting out in the field.

She already has a plan for the year laid out. During the first semester, students would observe elementary classrooms and connect with the teachers. In the third quarter, students can expect to earn an internship at a local elementary school. Guest speakers from within the district would be making appearances in the fourth quarter. Ms.Schwartzfarb really stresses the importance of building relationships with teachers as well as other students.

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Logan Students Bring Their Pets to School

Leslie Sanroman, Courier Staff Writer

Before they say their final goodbyes, many seniors at James Logan High School have decided to have a little fun by bringing their pets to school.

As part of an organized effort, many students decided on this plan for their last day of senior check out. Word got around to all grades through social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. Students brought in their pets in book bags, strollers, and anything that hid the animal.

However, the school faculty reacted negatively towards this idea. CST’s were ordered to report any students with an animal and send them to the office. Those who did get caught had to take their dogs back home and go on about their days. With that being said, some students were very careful in not getting caught with their pets.

James Logan Senior, Rogelia Sanroman, said “I brought my dog because I’ve always wanted to participate in a bring your pet to school day since elementary school, but never got the chance. I decided that this was the perfect chance to bring my dog for the last day of high school, even if they made me take her home after a couple of hours.”

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Seniors Share Thoughts on Their Last Days

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writer

Senior year is all but over, and as 12th grade students prepare for a new chapter in their lives and await graduation, I decided to ask a few their thoughts of their last days and overall year of k-12 education.

For the most part, a majority feel an overwhelming sense of relief such as Daniel Raanes, “I feel like I’ve been on autopilot this whole year, just waiting for this moment. I’m just so glad it’s all over.” I asked him to reflect upon his favorite part of highschool overall, if any.

“I think it was the first two years, actually. It was a new experience, but it didn’t feel too scary or anything. I got to make a bunch of new friends over those two years mainly, so it made the transition from middle school easier knowing I had people sharing the experience.”

Most seniors seem to share a level of enthusiasm, but there are a few, such as Austin Sanders, with a contrary view. “Honestly, I’m a bit scared. Yeah I can’t wait to have some freedom outside of school, but I’m not completely sure what I want to do further on.” I also asked what his favorite experience was, “I really liked my pharmacy course this year. I’ve always been interested in the subject and I’m glad the school allowed me to experience it. Maybe that’s what I’ll pursue in the future.” I’m sure we can all relate to just a little worry about the future, but it seems the optimism just weighs it out.

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